Can the church recruit the young?

Marketplace's Lizzie O'Leary and Sister Colleen Gibson.

Pope Francis is attracting a lot of attention to the Catholic church, but the church has a recruiting problem. A lot of its clergy its aging, and it's happening in other faiths too as religious leaders retire. 

Some religions advocate student loan forgiveness as a way to attract young people, if they do significant community service, their loans can be forgiven under a federal program.

We spoke with Sister Colleen Gibson, a 28 year old who just took her vows to serve as a nun this month, on the campus of Chestnut Hill College. As far as nuns go, Gibson says she’s pretty young.

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Lizzie O'Leary is the host of Marketplace Weekend.

Marketplace's Lizzie O'Leary and Sister Colleen Gibson.

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